## Best small towns for retirees in every state

Published 6:00 am Saturday, January 15, 2022

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## Best small towns for retirees in every state

Many Americans who have bid farewell to the workforce or are thinking about it are turning to places that offer affordability, a strong economy, quality health care options, less traffic, and overall, more comfort. Neighborhoods outside major cities and metropolitan areas have grown in popularity among retirees, with 26% moving to smaller towns, but the overall number of people moving for retirement is down.

In 2021, American retirement relocations dropped significantly—approximately 43% less than the previous year, its lowest number of retiree relocations in five years. The Economic Research Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis suggests this was a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, soaring home prices, and retirees not having enough savings.

In seeking to help prospective retirees, Stacker referenced Niche’s 2021 Best Places to Retire study, released in August 2021, to list 50 small towns that offer the best retirement. The focus was on towns with a population of less than 40,000.

Whether you’re looking to relocate or just curious to see if your city of residence is mentioned, read on to see which American small towns are the best retirement spots.

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## Alabama: Orange Beach

– Population: 6,019 (19% age 55-64 and 34% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 70% of the population

– Renters: 30% of the population

– Median household income: $81,883

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## Alaska: Soldotna

– Population: 4,649 (13% age 55-64 and 20% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 51% of the population

– Renters: 49% of the population

– Median household income: $60,491

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## Arizona: Green Valley

– Population: 20,902 (14% age 55-64 and 80% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 85% of the population

– Renters: 15% of the population

– Median household income: $49,147

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## Arkansas: Bella Vista

– Population: 28,539 (14% age 55-64 and 33% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 87% of the population

– Renters: 13% of the population

– Median household income: $67,550

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## California: Del Monte Forest

– Population: 4,105 (16% age 55-64 and 40% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 82% of the population

– Renters: 18% of the population

– Median household income: $147,500

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## Colorado: Holly Hills

– Population: 2,835 (15% age 55-64 and 21% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 97% of the population

– Renters: 3% of the population

– Median household income: $132,955

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## Connecticut: Mystic

– Population: 4,249 (17% age 55-64 and 32% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 68% of the population

– Renters: 32% of the population

– Median household income: $94,102

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## Delaware: Rehoboth Beach

– Population: 1,400 (24% age 55-64 and 48% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 82% of the population

– Renters: 18% of the population

– Median household income: $114,583

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## Florida: Pelican Bay

– Population: 6,140 (13% age 55-64 and 83% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 95% of the population

– Renters: 5% of the population

– Median household income: $141,856

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## Georgia: Dutch Island

– Population: 1,162 (17% age 55-64 and 28% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 100% of the population

– Renters: 0% of the population

– Median household income: $170,417

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## Hawaii: Wailea

– Population: 6,218 (23% age 55-64 and 25% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 60% of the population

– Renters: 40% of the population

– Median household income: $81,932

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## Idaho: Weiser

– Population: 5,323 (14% age 55-64 and 20% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 62% of the population

– Renters: 38% of the population

– Median household income: $36,610

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## Illinois: Leland Grove

– Population: 1,406 (17% age 55-64 and 34% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 95% of the population

– Renters: 5% of the population

– Median household income: $108,947

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## Indiana: Meridian Hills

– Population: 1,741 (15% age 55-64 and 18% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 98% of the population

– Renters: 2% of the population

– Median household income: $186,750

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## Iowa: Clear Lake

– Population: 7,597 (18% age 55-64 and 25% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 72% of the population

– Renters: 28% of the population

– Median household income: $57,841

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## Kansas: North Newton

– Population: 1,778 (10% age 55-64 and 30% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 57% of the population

– Renters: 43% of the population

– Median household income: $67,188

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## Kentucky: Windy Hills

– Population: 2,433 (19% age 55-64 and 33% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 94% of the population

– Renters: 6% of the population

– Median household income: $95,588

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## Louisiana: Westminster

– Population: 2,760 (11% age 55-64 and 22% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 71% of the population

– Renters: 29% of the population

– Median household income: $88,778

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## Maine: Belfast

– Population: 6,688 (17% age 55-64 and 26% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 63% of the population

– Renters: 37% of the population

– Median household income: $62,857

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## Maryland: Chevy Chase

– Population: 9,622 (15% age 55-64 and 23% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 78% of the population

– Renters: 22% of the population

– Median household income: $181,929

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## Massachusetts: Chatham

– Population: 6,019 (18% age 55-64 and 45% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 84% of the population

– Renters: 16% of the population

– Median household income: $83,839

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## Michigan: Bingham Farms

– Population: 1,129 (16% age 55-64 and 48% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 89% of the population

– Renters: 11% of the population

– Median household income: $131,071

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## Minnesota: Jackson

– Population: 3,219 (18% age 55-64 and 24% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 75% of the population

– Renters: 25% of the population

– Median household income: $50,972

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## Mississippi: Hide-A-Way Lake

– Population: 2,392 (17% age 55-64 and 28% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 87% of the population

– Renters: 13% of the population

– Median household income: $100,300

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## Missouri: Town and Country

– Population: 11,077 (15% age 55-64 and 30% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 85% of the population

– Renters: 15% of the population

– Median household income: $192,983

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## Montana: Conrad

– Population: 2,633 (15% age 55-64 and 21% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 73% of the population

– Renters: 27% of the population

– Median household income: $48,636

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## Nebraska: Central City

– Population: 2,903 (10% age 55-64 and 25% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 60% of the population

– Renters: 40% of the population

– Median household income: $48,447

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## Nevada: Mesquite

– Population: 18,446 (15% age 55-64 and 41% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 73% of the population

– Renters: 27% of the population

– Median household income: $55,542

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## New Hampshire: Peterborough

– Population: 6,604 (18% age 55-64 and 27% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 67% of the population

– Renters: 33% of the population

– Median household income: $87,557

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## New Jersey: Surf City

– Population: 1,271 (23% age 55-64 and 50% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 86% of the population

– Renters: 14% of the population

– Median household income: $90,313

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## New Mexico: Sandia Heights

– Population: 3,571 (17% age 55-64 and 44% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 97% of the population

– Renters: 3% of the population

– Median household income: $107,104

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## New York: Lake Success

– Population: 3,119 (12% age 55-64 and 31% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 100% of the population

– Renters: 0% of the population

– Median household income: $177,500

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## North Carolina: Pine Knoll Shores

– Population: 1,343 (22% age 55-64 and 47% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 89% of the population

– Renters: 11% of the population

– Median household income: $75,313

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## North Dakota: Rugby

– Population: 2,724 (15% age 55-64 and 29% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 71% of the population

– Renters: 29% of the population

– Median household income: $46,552

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## Ohio: Bellbrook

– Population: 7,212 (16% age 55-64 and 19% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 81% of the population

– Renters: 19% of the population

– Median household income: $84,130

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## Oklahoma: The Village

– Population: 9,452 (11% age 55-64 and 18% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 67% of the population

– Renters: 33% of the population

– Median household income: $58,947

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## Oregon: Harbor

– Population: 1,958 (15% age 55-64 and 71% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 84% of the population

– Renters: 16% of the population

– Median household income: $30,791

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## Pennsylvania: Penn Wynne

– Population: 5,932 (15% age 55-64 and 26% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 87% of the population

– Renters: 13% of the population

– Median household income: $123,854

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## Rhode Island: Jamestown

– Population: 5,494 (19% age 55-64 and 26% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 83% of the population

– Renters: 17% of the population

– Median household income: $111,110

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## South Carolina: Garden City

– Population: 10,669 (20% age 55-64 and 40% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 79% of the population

– Renters: 21% of the population

– Median household income: $44,862

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## South Dakota: Hot Springs

– Population: 3,509 (17% age 55-64 and 28% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 68% of the population

– Renters: 32% of the population

– Median household income: $46,071

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## Tennessee: Farragut

– Population: 22,631 (16% age 55-64 and 23% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 89% of the population

– Renters: 11% of the population

– Median household income: $108,511

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## Texas: Shenandoah

– Population: 2,887 (10% age 55-64 and 40% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 55% of the population

– Renters: 45% of the population

– Median household income: $80,451

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## Utah: Ivins

– Population: 8,530 (14% age 55-64 and 30% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 83% of the population

– Renters: 17% of the population

– Median household income: $63,680

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## Vermont: Cornwall

– Population: 1,028 (18% age 55-64 and 29% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 77% of the population

– Renters: 23% of the population

– Median household income: $84,688

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## Virginia: Belmont Estates

– Population: 1,226 (13% age 55-64 and 34% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 100% of the population

– Renters: 0% of the population

– Median household income: $81,885

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## Washington: Woodway

– Population: 1,105 (13% age 55-64 and 23% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 97% of the population

– Renters: 3% of the population

– Median household income: $194,904

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## West Virginia: Summersville

– Population: 3,368 (20% age 55-64 and 28% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 69% of the population

– Renters: 31% of the population

– Median household income: $38,774

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## Wisconsin: Elm Grove

– Population: 6,153 (14% age 55-64 and 25% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 93% of the population

– Renters: 7% of the population

– Median household income: $106,058

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## Wyoming: Thermopolis

– Population: 2,703 (14% age 55-64 and 26% age 65+)

– Homeowners: 77% of the population

– Renters: 23% of the population

– Median household income: $53,162

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